Policies

Preparing our Bloodhounds for success in college, career, and citizenship!

Keys to Success

1. On time

  • Get to class on time 
  • Reduce absences                           

2. Dressed for success  

  • Reasonable and appropriate             

3. Focused on learning

  •  Always prepared to learn
  • Engaged in the learning
  • No Classroom disruptions

 

Choice Room

At Auburndale High School, our mission is to prepare our students for success in college, careers, and citizenship. We strive to create an extraordinary environment that inspires greatness and ensures that every student achieves at the highest possible level.

In order to be successful, we believe our students need to be on time, they need to be dressed for success, and they need to be focused on learning. We strive to communicate these expectations on a daily basis; whether through our announcement system, our HDTV program, information posted on our website and social media sites, posters, or through one-on-one conversations, our students are constantly reminded and encouraged to meet these expectations.

Our progressive discipline plan includes a series of interventions designed to reinforce these expectations. One of these interventions is the ‘Choice Room’. This discipline step is designed to emphasize our expectations to students who are tardy to class (have not entered their room by the time the bell has finished ringing), who are out of dress code, or who are disruptive (includes but not limited to: out of turn talking, out of their seat, unauthorized cell phone use in the class, unauthorized eating in class, etc.).

When students are sent to the Choice Room by a teacher, they are expected to report to the Choice Room where they will sign in, be given a task by the Choice Room teacher, and will be expected to remain in the Choice Room for the remainder of that class period; when that class period ends, the student will be free to go to the next class.

 

Students in Choice Room will be expected to:

  • Report and sign in with the Choice Room teacher
  • Remain silent and in their seats for the entire Choice Room period
  • Complete any assignments that the Choice Room teacher gives him/her
  • Complete any homework assignments that they already have with them

Students in choice room will not be allowed to:

  • Talk to other students
  • Make any disturbances
  • Be on their cell phones
  • Sleep
  • Request to go to another class to make up work
  • Request to go back to the teacher that sent him/her to get assignments to work on

 The Choice Room:                                             

  • Students sent to Choice Room are expected to leave the classroom and head straight for the Choice Room. Students may not stop by the bathroom, offices, another classroom, or any other area on their way to the Choice Room
  • A trip to Choice Room is an excused absence and teachers must provide make up work.
  • Students are afforded five (5) Choice Room visits per semester. After the 5th visit, a referral will be written by the teacher for any additional incidents; student receives one (1) one day of Out of School Suspension (OSS), the length of the suspension would increase with any additional infractions.
  • Students who are caught skipping by a teacher or an administrator will be sent to Choice Room; this trip to Choice Room counts as one of the five (5) visits. If the skipping student decides to skip Choice Room, this will result in a one (1) day Out of School Suspension (OSS).
  • According to section 5.22 of the Polk County Schools Code of Student Conduct, ‘Insubordination’ is defined as, “A student who refuses to carry out reasonable and lawful directions of authorized school personnel, is guilty of a serious breach of conduct…” Not reporting to Choice Room when instructed by a staff member will be considered an act of insubordination; the consequence for insubordination is a three (3) day Out of School Suspension (OSS)

Why is it called ‘Choice Room’?

Students who embrace and follow our expectations are doing the right thing. Students who meet these expectations are eligible for recognitions, rewards and incentives throughout the year. However, students who break the rules and fail to follow our reasonable and appropriate expectations will find themselves in the Choice Room as a consequence for their choices…choices…being in the Choice Room is about the choices that students make. We want our students to choose, daily, to strive for success and excellence!

 

Dress Code

The Polk County Schools Student Code of Conduct, outlines the school board approved, district-wide dress code regulations. Auburndale High School, in accordance with Section 2.06 of the Code of Conduct, is committed to providing students an exceptional learning environment that prepares them to be successful citizens in the 21st century. Clothing must be in good taste and acceptable to community and school standards.  Inappropriate attire is any clothing that disrupts the educational process, adversely impacts the learning environment, or endangers the health or safety of students, staff members, and community members.

  • Shorts, dresses, and skirts cannot be shorter than knee length as determined by the Principal or by his administrative designee in the exercise of his/her judgement. Leggings underneath do not override this policy.
  • Shorts that are considered spandex “bicycle” shorts, traditional running shorts, see through shorts, short shorts and any type of cutoffs are not allowed.
  • Any clothing exposing the torso or upper thighs such as see-through garments, mini-skirts or mini-dresses, halters, or backless shirts and dresses are not allowed.
  • Sleeveless garments such as tube tops, spaghetti strap, or tank tops without over-blouses, jackets, or shirts are not acceptable.
  • Shirts, tube tops, or blouses that expose the midriff or are tied at the midriff are not allowed.
  • Pants must be worn around the waist and properly fitted.
  • Tights and Yoga pants are not acceptable while on campus.
  • Any attire associated with gangs, tobacco, drugs, alcohol, violence or that supports discrimination will not be acceptable while on campus.
  • Clothing not properly fastened or that has tears, rips, or holes is not acceptable.
  • Clothing or other garments traditionally designed as undergarments such as boxer shorts, bloomers, tights, hosiery and sleepwear such pajama pants are not allowed.
  • Overalls are not allowed.
  • NO Flip-Flops or Bedroom Slippers of any type are allowed. Sandals may be worn if they cover the top of the foot, are NOT rubber soled and are not considered athletic slides. Sandals are different from flip-flops in that they are held securely to the foot by a forefoot cover over the top of the foot or have a heel strap. The forefoot cover is securely attached to the sole and extends over the forefoot portion of the sole. The heel strap is linked to the sole and extends over the heel portion of the sole. Footwear that has just the thin straps that go between the toes is considered flip-flops. Leather flip-flops are not sandals and will not be allowed. The general rule of thumb is “If it makes a flip-flop sound when you walk, it is a flip-flop.”
  • Hats are not to be worn or brought onto campus.
  • Blankets are not allowed.
  • Clothing or jewelry that is indecent, distractive, or disruptive to the learning environment is not allowed. This includes mohawks, bandanas, grills and anything that is considered offensive or suggestive.

The Polk County School Board Student Code of Conduct allows for the revocation of privileges for excessive dress code violations. Students who fail to meet the dress code expectations of Auburndale High School may be required to dress in a more restrictive manner as delineated in the Polk County School Board Student Code of Conduct.

Student Attendance Policies & Procedures

Attendance is an extremely important factor in the success, or lack of success, for students at Auburndale High School. With a seven period schedule, students will attend seven 47-minute classes each day for an 18-week semester.  They will continue in the same classes for the second semester unless they have enrolled in a ½ credit course (i.e., Physical Education, Government, Economics, or various other electives).  Credit is earned on a semester basis at ½ credit per semester per class. To comply with the attendance requirements established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the State of Florida and Polk County Schools, students must attend class a minimum of 67.5 hours per semester. All courses allow for 75 hours of instruction per semester. A student who misses 10 days or more of class is in jeopardy of losing credit.  If the student does not complete make up work to the teacher’s satisfaction he/she will be required to pass the final exam to show mastery and to receive credit for that class.

Parental Notification of Absences

Parents will be contacted via by the school computer and telephone system every time the student misses a class.  Thus it is very important to keep the school informed of any changes in contact information.  Parents will be asked to update this information by contacting the Attendance Secretary at 965-6200.

Excused/Unexcused Absences

Excused absences, as described by the Polk County Code of Student Conduct Section 2.01 include:

  • Personal Illness: if a note signed by the parent is submitted within three student attendance days upon return to school and it does not occur more than 10 attendance days in a 90 calendar day period
  • Illness or Death in the Immediate Family: if a note signed by the parent is submitted upon return to school
  • Religious Holidays: If the parent gives written notice at least 5 days prior to the absence
  • Educational Trips: if prearranged with the teacher and approved by the principal.  The student must submit a written report of the trip to the teacher.
  • Trips with Parents: if prearranged and approved by the school administration.  Emergencies will not be excused unless determined by the principal.
  • School Sponsored Activities: if the activities were prearranged with the school administration.
  • Judicial Actions: if a copy of the subpoena or court summons is provided upon return to school.  Placement in a Juvenile Detention Center shall be an excused absence.

Unexcused absences, as described by the Polk County Code of Student Conduct Section 2.01 include:

  • Any absence that does not meet the criterion of an excused absence listed above.
  • For the purposes of truancy, the student must be present more than 50% of the day to be counted present.

Students enrolled at Auburndale High School are expected to make up missed work for excused absences. A student is expected to request make-up work immediately upon returning to school. Make-up work should be an appropriate assignment that can be, but does not have to be, equivalent to the hours of school missed.  According to the Polk County Code of Student Conduct, Section 2.20: “Work missed during the student’s first three (3) days of unexcused absences during a semester is expected to be made up.  This includes absences caused by an out-of-school suspension.  The right of students to make up work on the fourth unexcused absence and all other days of unexcused absences per semester may be denied.” The time allotted for a student to complete missed assignments should be a minimum of two school days per each day of absence.

Documentation of Excused Absences

The following documentation should be turned in to Mrs. Manuel in the Attendance Office within three (3) days of the student’s return to school. These are:

  • medical appointments/hospitalization report
  • court-ordered appearances
  • traffic accidents directly involving the student
  • funeral (In Memoriam) document
  • note concerning illness signed by parent
  • Prearrangement documentation for trips

It is highly recommended that parent(s)/guardian(s) keep copies of the documents relating to student absences. Students are expected to request make-up work immediately upon returning to school from all absences.

Extended Make-up Time

Based on lengthy absences due to unusual circumstances, the teacher may use discretion to grant an extended time period for the return of completed make-up work. However, this extended make-up time frame can not be extended beyond two weeks after the course has concluded.

Credit Denial due to Failure to Pass Final Exam

Based on SACS guidelines, all students who do not meet the minimum 135 hours of instruction for each unit of credit (67.5 hours per semester) must show mastery of performance standards. Upon absence #10 per course in a semester with no evidence of teacher-based acceptable make-up work, the student may be required to show mastery of performance standards by passing the course and the teacher’s final exam. If mastery of the performance standards is not met by the student, he/she will be denied credit.

Denial of Credit due to Excessive Absences

A student with excessive absences in a semester, as determined by the Attendance Committee, with no evidence of teacher-based acceptable make-up work can be denied credit in that course. If the student is age 16 or over, he/she is subject to withdrawal from school with parent approval. Absences due to suspension count toward the above mentioned absences.

Attendance Committee

The Attendance Committee is made up of teachers and administrators. The committee may recommend to the Principal the denial or reinstatement of credit. The denial of credit will be at the end of the course. The decision of the Principal is final. Attendance will be taken electronically using Pinnacle (Gradebook) by all teachers period by period. Attendance will be entered the first ten minutes of each period, unless there are special mitigating circumstances. Teachers will code absences AU (unexcused) for all classes.  If a student turns in an allowable excuse, the absence code will be changed to A by the attendance secretary. Absences for ISS or OSS will be recoded by the attendance secretary. Students skipping class will be written up on a discipline referral. In classes where course syllabi are available, and tests are planned and announced in advance, students are expected to take the test upon returning to school after an absence should the absence occur on test day.  When special class reports and projects are announced in advance, they are also due upon the student’s return to school should the absence occur on the due date. An attempt at Parent contact will be made by the deans once a student has missed 3 days.  Once the student misses 5 days, they will be placed on an attendance contract. If there are extenuating circumstances regarding a student’s absence from school please notify the attendance or guidance offices.  Communication is the key ingredient in achieving our goal of reducing student absenteeism. Questions about student attendance should be directed to the attendance secretary, Lois Manuel.  Questions about enrollment status should be directed to the terminal operator, Mrs. Pat Richards.

Checkout Policy

  • Criteria:  The criteria for checkout shall be the same as for an absence.
  • Emergency Information Card (“EIC”):  School personnel must rely on the information recorded on the emergency information card at the time of enrollment.  Only persons listed on the EIC will be allowed to check a student out.  Check-outs must be done in person or pre-arranged in person.  No phone calls for checkout will be accepted.
  • Authorization:  Adult, married, or self-supporting students must be approved by an administrator.
  • Designee:  The enrolling parent(s)/guardian(s) must designate family or friends for emergency and check-out purposes at the time of enrollment.  Auburndale High School (as all other schools in Polk County) has a closed campus.
  • Students may not leave the school grounds for lunch or have lunches brought in to them.
  • For the safety of the students, a photo ID is required in order to check students out.  The photo ID must match one of the names listed on the emergency card.
    • Please note:  Parent/Guardian(s) must show Driver’s License.
    • Please allow up to 20 minutes to check out your student.
    • We strongly suggest no checkouts after 1:30pm.
  • We also want you to be aware that allflowers & balloons etc. will not be delivered to the student’s classroom.  The student will need to come by the main office and pick up said item after school.
  • NO CHECK OUTS WILL BE ALLOWED DURING FINAL EXAMS

Leaving School Grounds

The only way students are permitted to leave campus during the school day is by checking-out through the attendance office. This includes 18-year old students who live at home.

Parking Policy

  • Students are to park in the area designated for student parking. Parking permits will be sold by Mrs. Mulford or Ms. Boatner. The cost of the parking permit is $20.00 and there are no refunds. Students must provide a copy of their drivers license and insurance card. Students will read and sign a form acknowledging that they have read and understand the parking procedures.
  • Permits must be displayed at all times in the front windshield or your vehicle may be towed. Students can begin buying passes the week prior to the first day of school. Incoming Seniors will have the opportunity to purchase parking permits the last week of school. You must show proof of successfully passing the 11th grade (current grade report).
  • Co-op Students will also provide the above documentation along with a copy of a current class schedule. Schedules will be verified through the school year to ensure the student is still enrolled in Co-op. If there is a schedule change, the student needs to see Mrs. Mulford and exchange the co-op pass for a regular parking pass at no charge.
  • At no time will the regular student body parking area gates be unlocked in order for Co-op students to leave campus. They must at all times park in the co-op designated parking area.
  • If at any time a student arrives on campus and his/her parking spot has another vehicle in it, they are to come to the main office and report it immediately.
  • If you are checking out during the school hours, you must have a pass from the main office allowing you to depart campus. This includes students involved with Yearbook and SGA.
  • Students who did not purchase a parking permit the week before school starts will have the first week of school to do so. At the beginning of the second week of school, students will get a warning for not having a permit. The second warning could result in your vehicle being towed at owners expense. Students will also be cited for the following.
    • Parked in wrong space.
    • Parked in a no parking zone.
    • Parked in teacher parking.
  • If students have been cited three or more times, their parking privilege will be reviewed which could result in the parking pass being revoked. Students will have to find other means of transportation to school. A bus schedule is available in the office.
  • If you have questions or concerns, please see Mrs. Mulford or Ms. Boatner in the front office.

Volunteers

Volunteers are an important part of our school family. To maintain security on our campus, new volunteers must undergo a Florida Department of Law Enforcement background check at a cost of $24. This is a one time tax-deductible fee for prospective volunteers Return your completed application to Anita Boatner in the AHS main office. Volunteer Applications

All volunteers must check in through the main office when coming in campus.